This is a picture of my mom when she was about 14 years old. She passed away in 2006. I don’t have a mother on earth, but my mother’s love and influence is eternal. I have my father’s beautiful girlfriend, no stranger to loss, who has buried 2 children. I don’t have any children, but my niece said ‘Happy Mother’s Day, Godmother!” and a dear younger friend reminded me of how much I had nurtured her and others. It was a blessed Mother’s Day.